Looking for a job? Look beyond the Internet

I was watching a local news station the other night when a segment aired about a man who had applied to thousands of jobs online with no result. His confidence had been diminished; he had no idea what to do next. He blamed the poor economy, saying it was nearly impossible to get noticed.

Although I recognize the severity of today’s job market, I found myself shaking my head at the man, wondering why he had not yet learned better. The fact is, as I’ve learned through trial and error, the Internet is only so useful in finding a job. Yes, employers post ads all the time, but the process is more complicated — and, sadly, more unpromising — than it looks. This is something even my generation, a tech-savvy generation, is still coming to grips with.

When applying through a website like Craigslist, more likely than not, you are one of hundreds (possibly thousands) of applicants applying for the same job. You’re odds of getting noticed are more dependant on where you land on the employer’s inbox than your qualifications as a worker. What’s more, getting hired is very closely connected to making an impression on your potential employer — something hard to do online.

So, although the Internet is an amazing entity that is useful in a million ways, the best way to find a job is still through networking out in the real world. Start seeking out familiar faces, such as relatives and friends, and let them help you with the process; don’t view as an imposition, but rather an exercise in relationship building. It’s more work than just sounding out an email with a resume attached, but, as my roommate Charlie always says, “You gotta get off your butt to get shit done.” Well said, Chuck.

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About reedjackso2

A 22-year-old journalist who enjoys reporting on the various crimes, concerts and characters that make his hometown of Portland so unique.
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2 Responses to Looking for a job? Look beyond the Internet

  1. Ayan Jama says:

    As someone who applied to thousands of Craigslist job posting and never heard back from one, I completely agree with this article. Although the internet is a great place to find jobs but not always the most reliable place. Networking, although scary at times, is always going to be the best bet.

  2. pdxsx says:

    It is painfully true, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Hopefully you’ve been able to get to know a number of people through internships and PDXSX, Reed. Take advantage of them!

    ~J

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